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Stories by Mark Sauer

Council Votes To Accept San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Resignation

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City council members voted 7 to 0 this afternoon to accept a deal that involves the resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

The End Of The Filner Saga? Some Educated Speculation

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As we head into what in all likelihood is the most important meeting any member of the San Diego City Council has ever been part of, we look at what we know and what we don't.

Filner Mediation Results In Deal; Council Votes Friday

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The city attorney's office is reporting that a deal has been reached with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner; it likely includes his resignation. But attorney Gloria Allred says she does not know the details of the proposed agreement.

Roundtable: Filner Saga Rolls On; North Park vs Jack In The Box; Issa On Climate Change

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More permutations in the saga of San Diego's mayor, a Jack in the Box in North Park serves up resentment over a remodel and Congressman Darrell Issa receives an award for denying climate change.

More Filner News; Changes For Chargers And Padres; City Ambulances Often Late

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A Filner recall effort gets serious while more accusations surface. There are major changes for both the Chargers and Padres. And the city's ambulances may be frequently late but loopholes keep the contractor fine free.

Filner Must Resign, Women Vets Say

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Saying that “ours was the wrong group to choose,” the leader of the National Women’s Veterans Association today launched a campaign to force Mayor Bob Filner to resign.

Roundtable: More Filner Trouble, UCSD Student Awarded $4.1 Million, Future Of SD's Wild Horses Uncertain

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has another rough week as more people call for his resignation. A UCSD student who was forgotten in a DEA holding cell for nearly five days was awarded $4.1 million by the Justice Department. The fate of wild horses descended from steeds ridden by the Spanish military here in the 1700s is uncertain in East County.

Roundtable: More Filner Accusations

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More women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. So far, seven women, all well-known professionals, have accused the mayor of inappropriate touching and language.

Four More Women Accuse Filner

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Four prominent San Diego women came forth today accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

San Diego Democrats Call For Filner To Resign

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On a day when four more prominent San Diego women accused Bob Filner of sexual harassment, the San Diego County Democratic Party today voted for him to resign.

Filner Harassment Scandal Grows As Second Woman Comes Forward

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A second woman goes public with allegations of sexual harassment against Mayor Bob Filner in an exclusive interview with KPBS.

Impact Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Mayor, City

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A former city employee alleges sexual harassment and files a lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. We take a look at the impact on the city and what's next.

Roundtable: Mayor Filner's Bad Week, Part II

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Week two in San Diego's ongoing civic tornado finds Donna Frye erupting with anger, Mayor Bob Filner saying he has a monster inside him, Walt Ekard taking over as Chief Operating Officer and more Democrats calling on Filner to resign.

Roundtable: Filner In Trouble, Says He Needs Help

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Responding to calls for his resignation from former allies over multiple sexual harassment allegations, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologized via DVD Wednesday. He says he will stay in office.

Filner Won't Resign; Apologizes, Says He Needs Help

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes, but says he will not resign over allegations that he sexually harassed numerous women.

Roundtable: Filner, Goldsmith, Chalk, Yoga

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San Diego's mayor and city attorney are awash in controversy and bad PR: Filner for Sunroad's donation to the city, Goldsmith for a possible violation of the Brown Act and the loss of the prosecution of "Chalkgate." Meanwhile, yoga in schools is not religious.

Roundtable: Gay Rights Victory, San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy, Climate Change Challenge

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The U.S. Supreme Court's dual rulings on same-sex marriage establishes a major victory for civil rights. Creditors are lining up to get their share of what's left of San Diego Hospice. The military cites climate change as a vital national security issue and leads the way on alternative energy.

Roundtable: DeMaio Fundraising, Public Records Access, Teacher Training Grades

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DeMaio asserts that the Reform San Diego funds and his campaign funds are completely separate, even through they shared a P.O. box and a phone number. California legislators are backtracking on a move to gut the state's Public Records Act. Two local universities receive rare good marks in the brand-new U.S. News rankings of teacher training programs. Why don't they seem to care?

Roundtable: San Onofre To Shut Down, Cunningham Out Of Prison

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San Onofre to shut down for good and disgraced Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham is out of prison and on parole.

Roundtable: City Taxi Deal, District 4's Dirty Contest, Barrera Heads Labor Group, City Budget Grows

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Why are working conditions for city taxi drivers so awful? Was the District 4 council race a classic Pyrrhic victory? Is it a conflict for an SDUSD trustee to head the Labor Council? How did the mayor bump-up the city budget?

Roundtable: Cancer in Jail; Sea Wall Lawsuits; Frogs With Fungus; Mice With Alzheimer's; Undocumented Millions

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A woman dying in Las Colinas jail would be released if she were in prison. Homeowners atop the Solana Beach bluffs may sue the city. The decision to import African Clawed Frogs decades ago having dire consequences now. The landscape of undocumented immigrants in California and the nation is complex.

Roundtable: More NCTD Troubles, Jail Violence, Ramona Teacher Unrest, H-1b Visas

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Troubles for the North County Transit District mount. Series on high number of SD County jail deaths concludes. Ramona teachers head toward strike vote. Employers want more visas for high-skilled workers.

Roundtable: Freeway Guardrails, Housing-Eviction Details, Blue Angels Derailed

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Some San Diego freeway guardrails may actually be deadly. A zero-tolerance policy in subsidized housing produces homelessness. The Blue Angels won't fly — but will Korean missiles?

The Baseball-Radio Relationship In The Digital Age

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The San Diego Padres home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park begins at 3:40 this afternoon. In the Wireless Age, we can watch baseball in high-definition on Smart Phones and computer tablets, not to mention large, flat-screen TV's. Yet many fans still listen to the games -- even prefer to listen -- on radio, as they have for more than 80 years.

Roundtable: UT Ad Discounts, Marten's Record, Drones in San Diego, Planning Controversies

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UT-San Diego may have violated state and federal campaign laws. Measuring Cindy Marten's achievements. Drone Nation in San Diego? Community plans create controversy.

Roundtable: Jail Deaths, Peace With TMD, City Attorney's Court Record, Transit Security Update

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The death rate among inmates in San Diego County jails is unusual. There is peace in our time between the mayor and hoteliers. The city attorney's court batting average is below par. And MTS, NCTD react to security investigation.

Roundtable: Hotel Tax Judged; 10 Years In Iraq; Some Homeless Housed; Padres Fans V. Broadcasters.

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A local judge rules hotels can levy a tax without a vote. The U.S. went into Iraq 10 years ago, at great cost. Some homeless get housing, services downtown. Why no Padres, city council asks broadcasters.

Roundtable: Filner v. Hoteliers; UT-TV Examined; CPR Ethics; Drone Medal Controversy

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Mayor Filner battles San Diego hoteliers, offers ideas for the Port. The new UT-TV features some old stereotypes. Is not giving CPR unethical? Should a medal for drone pilots rank above the Bronze Star?

Roundtable: Superintendent Roulette; Sequestration Reality; Plaza Reroute; License-Plate Readers

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The San Diego Unified School Board makes a stunning announcement. Sequestration cuts are coming; is anyone upset? The mayor wants no parking in Plaza de Panama. Local law enforcement is scanning our license plates.

Roundtable: San Onofre; SD Schools' CFO; Path To Citizenship; Plaza de Panama; Meatball The Bear

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San Onofre's troubles continue. San Diego schools' CFO under fire for misinformation. The line for becoming a U.S. citizens may grow longer. Judge nixes plan for Balboa Park renovation. Meatball the Bear is living the good life in the East County.

Roundtable: Border Patrol Hiring; Guest Worker Program; Gregory Canyon; Plaza de Panama; Coastal Commission Sues Navy

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The Border Patrol's hiring and training practices scrutinized. Local farmers don't use the guest worker program. The Gregory Canyon Landfill Gets Another Airing. The Coastal Commission sues the Navy. SOHO sues over Plaza de Panama.

Roundtable: Oaks Falling To Beetles; District 4 Race; Immigration Reform; One Paseo Is Huge In CV

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A little bitty beetle is making a meal of San Diego's oak trees -- and could kill them all. The race for City Council District 4 is wide open. Immigration reform may really be coming. And a proposed development is stirring up Carmel Valley folks.

Roundtable: Filner Speaks; Local Gun Control; Building Heights; Chargers Hires

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Mayor Filner's had a very busy week. Local gun control advocates are speaking up. A limit on building heights in coastal San Diego has shaped the city. And the Chargers are staying for awhile, at least, with a new coach and general manager.

Roundtable: Sara Kruzan Update; Surviving School Shootings; DIY Drones; Filner & Marijuana

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There may be a settlement in the case of a woman who killed her pimp. SDSU stages training for educators -- on how to survive school shootings; Local engineers build drones for hobbyists; Mayor Filner strongly supports medical marijuana.

Roundtable: Qualcomm Stadium, District 4 Election, Filner And Transparency, Desert Energy Plan

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Qualcomm Stadium may not be on its last down; some voters in District 4 will be disenfranchised; Mayor Filner is having transparency problems; and a new inter-agency plan tries to balance development and environment in the desert.

2012: Top 10 News Stories Of The Year

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Midday host Maureen Cavanaugh, along with Alison St. John and Tom Fudge, who also fill the host chair from time to time, reflect on their candidates for the top San Diego stories of 2012.

Roundtable: Guns, City Budget, Redevelopment, Homelessness, UC & East County Images

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San Diego law enforcement agencies exchange guns for gift cards. No city budget surplus after all. City redevelopment gets smacked down. San Diego's homeless getting attention. East County and the University of California have image problems.

Roundtable: Military Suicide, Women In Combat, Dogs & PTSD, City Hall Transitions

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Military issues front-and-center this week include women in combat, punishment for attempted suicide, and retraining combat dogs with PTSD. Transition issues in City Hall involve new staff, new council members and lack of space.

Former Union-Tribune Publisher David Copley Dies

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The former owner and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune. David C. Copley, died Tuesday evening following a car crash in La Jolla.

Roundtable: Border Agent Shooting; SD Economy Improving; Salk Fundraising; La Jolla Cove Stinking

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More information surfaces about the checkered career of a Border Patrol agent who shot a mother of five; the San Diego economy is looking up; the Salk Institute needs research funds; and birds are stinking up La Jolla Cove.

Roundtable: Democrats Clean Up. So What Happens Now?

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Democrats have a super-majority in both state houses; they have the mayor's office and a majority on the San Diego City Council; and both the electorate and officeholders are more diverse.

Filner Is San Diego's New Mayor After DeMaio Concedes

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Bob Filner shares his plans as San Diego's next mayor in a KPBS interview. Carl DeMaio concedes in a wistful press conference.

Roundtable: SD Mayor, 52nd Congressional, District 3 Supervisor Races Getting Personal; Sweetwater Getting Weird

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As election season winds down, ads get emotional; Dave Roberts and Steve Dannon duke it out for supervisor sear. And a candidate for the Sweetwater school board has been indicted for various felonies.

Roundtable: Navy/Broadway; Orchestra Nova; Bilbray/Peters; Lightner/Ellis

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The Navy's waterfront project gets a go-ahead; Jung Ho Pak leaves Orchestra Nova behind. Brian Bilbray and Scott Peters turn on each other; Sherri Lightner and Ray Ellis take it to the wire.

The Charm Of Life In Baseball's Bush Leagues

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Life in baseball's minor leagues is a universe removed from the multimillionaires in spikes starring in October's postseason.

Politicos, Journalists, Friends Remember Gloria Penner

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Today's Midday Edition Roundtable is devoted to Gloria Penner, who died on October 6. Local politicians, journalists whose careers she impacted and former colleagues remember her persistence, preparation and high standards.

Tuite Set For New Trial In Crowe Killing

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After serving roughly half of a 17-year sentence for killing 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, Richard Raymond Tuite is set to get a new trial in one of the San Diego region’s most notorious criminal cases.

Roundtable: Manchester And The Port; Dueling Mayoral Endorsements; Judges Ride Free

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Doug Manchester and John Lynch are pulling out all the stops for a sports-entertainment complex downtown. Mayoral candidates DeMaio gets big endorsements while Filner counters with endorsements of his own. Courtrooms are closing, employees are laid off, but judges keep their car allowance.

Roundtable: City Council District 1, Mayor's Race, SDG&E vs. Ratepayers, Abandoned Property

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Will the San Diego City Council lean right or left? Will the LGBT community warm up to Carl DeMaio? Will customers pay for SDG&E's wildfire costs? And will the city's new definition of abandoned property ease blight?

Roundtable: Manchester Buys North Co. Times, Orchestra Nova's Labor Dispute, Vets And Martial Arts

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Doug Manchester doubles down on print media, sewing up the county's two daily papers. Orchestra Nova seeks an unusual concession from its musicians. And returning vets find mental health in the violence of mixed martial arts.